David Ekpenyong, a player of Aurum Academy, has emerged as the champion of the ITF J60 tournament held in Accra, Ghana. He defeated the second seed Nikola Jovic from Serbia in the final match with a score of 6:4 6:2.
Ekpenyong, who joined the tournament in its fourth week, displayed remarkable skills and resilience throughout the event. He breezed past his opponents in the first two rounds of singles, and then pulled off an epic comeback against Christian Gronfeldt - Sorensen from Denmark in the quarter finals. He stunned the top seed Carel Aubriel Ngounoue from USA in the semi finals, setting up a showdown with Jovic, who was also the top seed in doubles.
Ekpenyong also teamed up with Daniel Adeleye to compete in doubles, where they reached the quarter finals before losing to Jovic and Debasis Sahoo from India. The duo overcame some tough challenges in the first two rounds, beating teams from India and USA.
The academy also sent two other players, Ikenna Okonkwo and Mubarak Ganiyu, to the six-week tournament. They competed in both singles and doubles events and showed impressive performances.
Okonkwo defeated the seventh seed Pedro Petroski Rocha from Brazil in a thrilling three-set match in the first round of singles, and also partnered with Kossi Andre Dogbefu from Togo to reach the second round of doubles. Ganiyu lost to Hanif Boateng from Ghana in a close encounter in the first round of singles, and also teamed up with Fabian Garvic from Norway in doubles.
The academy expressed its pride and joy for its players' achievements and thanked its supporters for their encouragement and prayers. It also commended its coaches, Rotimi Akinloye, Babatunde Abe and John Atiomo who accompanied the players and provided guidance and support throughout the tournament.
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